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. >> in europe, google faces anti-competition measures. >>> in the united states, ben bernanke gets ready to outline an exit strategy to a skeptical congress. >> a warm welcome to "worldwide exchange." i'm chloe cho in asia. it's just past 5:00 p.m. in singapore. let's check on where the asian markets are wrapping up the trading day. mostly weaker today on the back of weaker consumer confidence numbers. and toyota lows taking the nikkei lower by 1.5%. the hang seng off 0.75%. on the other hand, we have the shanghai composite erasing all of its earlier losses, pushing higher by 1.3%. a lot of speculation in small cap stops and what may be linked to the national people's congress set to kick off next friday. other markets are weaker, the kospi down 1%. the bombay sensex has been trading around the front line. the aussie market asterisk comes off the table, a lot of commodities and resources lower. the s&p/asx 200 down .5%. let's check on the ftse cnbc global 300. slightly off 0.4% at 4,315. good morning, becky. >> good morning. it's about 10:00 on the continent. european markets have been t
>>> tonight on "the kudlow report," the washington snowstorm shut down congress. but ben bernanke released his new testimony, anyway. investors caught a chill on the news, and distinguished money expert john taylor has his own expert strategy rebuttal to bolster ben's manhood. you don't want to miss this one. >>> they're bearing gifts to the greece bailout problem. will the bailout issue ever end? >>> google is at war with china and now they're being thrown out of iran. they think they can stifle free speech, but i think the old human desire for freedom and democracy will still win out in the end. >>> has obama flipped out on greedy bonuses and business support? well, liberal columnist paul cra craigman is horrified, he thinks we're doomed. fasten your seat belts, everybody, "the kudlow report" starts now. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm larry kudlow. welcome back to "the kudlow report" where we believe free market kamt capitalism is the b path to prosperity. >>> our lead story tonight is fed head ben bernanke's leader to congress. how is he going to stop the zero interest rate mo
. >> in the united states, the spotlight shines today, ben bernanke is back on the hill and president obama's high profile health care summit. >> hello there. a warm welcome to "worldwide exchange." it's chloe cho in asia where it's just past 5:00 p.m. in singapore. a similar scene that we saw as yesterday, of course, investors picking up on bernanke's comments. going forward, could be weak. of course, we had some weak housing numbers, as well, along with disappointing consumer confidence this week. take a look at the damage report. the yen is not helping. nor are the toyota woes. the hang seng, slightly off the shanghai composite. we did have the auction yield on three-month bills along with one-year bills earlier this week that left those yields unchanged. a lot of investors seem to be thinking that perhaps this could be a sign the pboc is taking it easy as far as tightening is concerned. as for the other markets, the kospi down 1.6%. the bombay sensex is pretty much right along the flat line and the aussie market lower by 1.2%, back below that key 4,600 level and take a look at the ftse cnbc gl
because of the greece situation, and also because fed chief ben bernanke is saying that they're going to look into the swaps specifically with goldman. so that is an issue, of course, as well. i want to bring in brian shactman who has been down here all day and tracking all of this action. a very big day, indeed, brian. let's talk about the economic situation and how the jobless claims are affecting this market. >> the truth is when americans woke up today, we will have a negative open because of europe. the concerns over greece, of course, made the euro softer and the dollar strengthen. we've had a real correlation with the dollar and the euro in eshgsz kitties and jobless claims hit and it was muted and boom, we bottomed out and they were a concern today and we have traders saying this is a 70% greece and the others is saying 100% about jobs. a lot of earnings and there's a big, big deal that we want to talk about today as well. >> coca-cola enterprises. this had been to some extent, somewhat expected within the m&a community. when you see a deal like this a multibillion deal, one w
. the president, mr. bernanke, secretary lahood, testifying on the toyota issues on the hill. let's take a breakaway. we're going to watch them all and bring in john harwood, steve liesman and andrew par menty yea, managing partner with height analytics and open the discussion here. steve, you've been listening to mr. bernanke sum it up for us. what are the three or four bullet points. >> he reiterate that the fed will remain exceptionally low. that was a little bit more dovish than maybe some expected. you see the bond market rallied a bit. the dollar kind of hung in there. stocks have done better while bernanke's been talking. interesting comments on the volcker rule where i guess he's in opposition to the president's strong ideas about banning proprietary trading by the banks. he's saying you can do that idea, but it's frouth with danger and a better way might be to give the regulators authority to limit risky activity. he's got a less or thoughdox version of the volcker rule which is what is already in the house bill >> he also made interesting comments on deflation because one of th
anywhere on the globe. and then helicopter ben bernanke is going to capitol hill this week with a new blueprint for tighter money known as "paying interest on excess bank reserves." i don't buy it but we'll debate it. >>> and finally, the obama jobs plan which i call stimulus 2.0, full of gimmicks and high tax-job destroyers. i'll use my best right hook against the left jabs of mark walsh and david goodfriend two of my favorite liberal pals. fasten your seatbelts, everybody. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> good evening. i'm larry kudlow and welcome back where we believe freed market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. let's begin with tonight's money politics message. i'm trying hard to be optimistic about economic recovery in america and for that matter, around the world. in my world, optimism always beats pessimism every time. despite wayward policies from washington i still believe in the cyclical recovery scenario here at home. but the growing debt problem in the u.s., europe and elsewhere is starting to sack confidence in the optimistic growth scenario and i have
. >>> ben bernanke, coming to capitol hill. the central bank chief is ready for tough questions from lawmakers about the economy, interest rates and the fed's exit strategy. and president obama reaching out to business leaders, hosting a white house dinner for some high profile ceos. today, he addresses a business round table. those stories and more as "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box." i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and carl quintanilla. we've been watching the markets this morning. after a down day yesterday, you'll see we're not getting any bounceback just yet. after yesterday's markets, obviously, you've got a lot of watchers waiting to figure out what happens. >> yeah. that consumer confidence number was troubling. >> it was. >> people now thil thinking maybe the sample was bad because i was worse than a lot of people expected at this stage of the game. we've got jobless claims high. we'll talk a lot about that this morning. but toyota's troubles are in the spotlight again today as the company's ceo appears on capitol hill
. >> the second day of testimony will come from fed chair ben bernanke. >> there's more testimony coming out on toyota today, and news from general motors shutting down it's hummer production. >> in our trader talk, we are joined now with richard ilczyszyn. i have to mention that yesterday, it seemed like every time ben bernanke opened his mouth, the markets rallied a little bit more. >> agreed. that's a good point. let's start at the beginning part of the day. the s&p currently at that time was trading at 1090's. we get a housing number that shocks the system, the worst in recent history here for this specific months, the market sells off. then bernanke's testimony, the market gains momentum on statements that we have to keep interest rates low, giving the technical buyers help in their trade. the s&p yesterday trading above 1100 gives us a little bit of breath. i don't think this is going to be a tear on a bull run here unless we can close above the previous high, 1112, well above the 50-day moving average. i think the jury is still out whether or not this is going to be enough information
. >> but they will be -- >> who will they be? >> ben bernanke. >> okay. senate banking committee. president holds a key health care meeting. that's why we have the white house. what else? >> snow in the northeast. it started as rain this morning for many this morning who are watching but it has turned into thick -- >> wet, heavy. >> idyllic if you're looking to -- >> don't shovel this stuff. >> well, good morning, everyone. it's good to be with you. we're here, glad you're here. i'm erin burnett. >> i'm mark haines. >> it says i'm market haines. i want everyone to know it's funny. >> yes, i noticed that. also front and center the number of u.s. workers filing initial claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. >> coca-cola striking a deal to buy the north american operations of its largest bottler. you just saw the ceo there. >> heinz posted $231 million profit. a lot of ketchup. >> futures are sad. >> not good. >> part of the reason for the sadness was an unexpected jump in unemployment claims. >> hum. >> much bigger jump than anticipated. a lot of people are looking through it and saying i
, as well, and nursing losses from the federal reserve chief ben bernanke. we've got all the details. christine, we're waiting for the timing. >> that's right. let's see the properties expect of a package for gooes, is it having any impact on the euro right now? euro/dollar, 1.3763. euro is higher against sterling, 0.8841. euro/dollar 1.3763. dollar/yen, standing at 90 evening. a lot of eyes on what will happen with the package. nicole. >> the snowstorm may gone in the i'd, but it's reeking havoc in the east coast, especially in washington. government offices are closed for a fourth straight day at the estimated cost of $100 million in lost productivity. the senate will be back in session this afternoon, but no votes are scheduled. the weekly u.s. inventory data which normally comes out on wednesday has been postponed again until friday. january retail sales in december business inventories which were supposed to come out today have moved to friday. we still get weekly jobless claims at 8:30 new york time and they're forecast to drop by 12,000 to a total of had 68,000. >>> pepsi corp
.s. but the old bugaboo, inflation and ben bernanke, will the fed reduce the balance sheet and get rates to more normal levels in my lifetime? >> hopefully you will live a long time, larry, so yes. unfortunately i have never seen the fed or bernanke articulate how to downsize the balance sheet. i haven't seen a plan out there to say, this is how we can do it. they are owns and backing these mosh mortgage-backed securities now and they will weigh reducing the balance sheet with propping up the housing market. we may see another republican revolution and a cut-back on the huge obama taxes on hedge funds, bank pay, small businesses and letting the bush tax cuts expire, i am not confident that bernanke has a plan to deleverage and 2.7% year-over-year growth in the cpi isn't scary, but it's not comforting either. >> you have cut back on your equity allocation, is that right, mike? >> yes, i am. i'm pretty much now at about 20%. jim points out the strong growth in corporate profits. a lot of it is from cutting overhead, cutting employees, but some junk bonds are attractive now for the companies that w
the carfax!" it's free at thousands of reputable dealers. >>> federal reserve chairman ben bernanke will be back on capitol hill today, for day two of his twice-a-year economic report card. on wednesday he made it clear that interest rates will remain at record low levels for several more months to support the recovery. the latest housing numbers show just how fragile that recovery is. new home sales fell to the lowest level on regard in january. >>> new concerns about greece's debt crisis are overshadowing bernanke's comments this morning. stocks fell in torque owe with the nikkei dropping almost 1% today. bernanke's testimony gave wall street a boost yesterday. the dow finished up 91 points closing at 10,374. the nasdaq gained 22 points to close at 2235. >>> chrysler is voluntarily recalling more than 350,000 minivans because of problems with crash sensors that control the air bags. the company says it will replace the sensors in 2005 and 2006 town and country and dodge caravans. but chrysler says it should wait until june to contact dealers because it needs time to distribute the
't paying attention. my lead of the bernanke speech was discount rate to be hiked. my lead on the minutes was -- >> it sounds like -- >> let me finish, melissa, just be clear, my sources are telling me in the wake of this that the concept there's another bit to come is not necessarily true. they may stop here. so the idea that somehow they're just beginning this process of going back to 100 over on the fed funds is not true. it's out there in a lot of stuff. they may stop here. >> rich bernstein -- >> i want to ask both of you. do you think fed funds december 31, 2010 will be higher than they are today? >> well, let me answer that question and put it back to you. the typical forecast, is that the unemployment rate will be 9.5% or higher. also, that the inflation rate over the last year will be 1 to 1.25%. i have to ask you if you think at that point the fed would begin to tighten? you tell me. >> first of all, i think the bond market will -- i don't think the bond market looks at core. i hate to argue with on you this one, but if we find the inflation rate starts breaking 3, 3.5, we break
year. government spending has done next to nothing. bernanke still has no real strategy. we're going to get to all of that with our market panel. who joins us now to talk about these many events of the week. we have peter morici of university of maryland. dan fitzpatrick and john carney returns. you know, dr. frolick, i want to begin with you. not greece, not the euro, not the snows, nothing really week.d stocks from going up the market has peaked in mid january and hasn't moved much in many months. but the fact remains, things may not be so bad. weigh in. >> i think it comes down to earnings, larry. we got some great efshgs. across the board, time warner, ann taylor, a look at comcast, even moodie and sony, it wasn't just earnings, larry, it was top-level revenue growth. the big picture, when you look at china, understand even with them slowing down, when they slowed down the first time, china banks still let $2 billion this january. third highest on record. as investors you have to realize this is money already in pipeline. when you think of china mustard seeds, larry, they're abou
the height of the economic crisis. ben bernanke was expected to testify but the hearing was canceled because of the snow. bernanke says the fed will likely raise it is interest rate it pays banks. raise the rate but analysts say that could hurt folks looking for consumer loans because banks have incentive to sit on their money rather than lend. this is the cycle and we're gob to move forward. bernanke says the move is months away and claims it's best for the fed to recoup the money it loaned out. you may wonder why would the federal reserve do something to make it more difficult to get loans? at the same time, the obama administration wants banks to extend loans to small business to say they can hire more workers. it's a central component of the job creation plan. major garrett has more. how can each happen at the same time, as if i didn't know? >> i've talked to senior administration officials and of course the federal reserve is an independent agency, the white house and treasury department don't like to talk about the policy but the federal reserve and government are more interlinked sinc
up at a senate hearing today with fed chairman ben bernanke. >> we have a situation in which major financial institutions are amplifying a public crisis for what would appear to be for private gain. i want to ask you here whether or not you think there ought to be limits on the use of credit default swaps to prevent the intentional creation of runs against governments. do you have any quick comments on that? >> using these instruments in a way that intentionally destabilizes a company or a country is... is counterproductive, and i'm sure the sec will be looking into that. we'll certainly be evaluating what we can learn from the activities of the holding companies that we supervise here in the u.s. and joining me with the latest on all this is roben farzhad, senior writer for "bloomberg business week" magazine. in general terms first, what exactly is chairman bernanke promising to look into? >> this has for the better part of the decade been the great big unknown, this world of derivatives which are largely unregulated secondary investment vehicles. they're almost train of thought.
't you tell us what you think after hearing a couple days of bernanke's testimony on the hill. does it change your outlook on what the fed is doing? >> no, as long as they use the magic words, extended period, we know the fed will be on hold for at least six months. that's what bill dudley told us. he said extended period was the language the fed has put in the policy statement, means at least six months. it was a phrase repeated by st. louis fed president bullard recently. so whenever bernanke puts his word in on it as well, we can feel assured that the fed is not likely to move for at least six months. the fed needs to be very clear at this day and age. so if they're telling us that that's what extended period means, that's what it means. and so, until there's some other clarifying comments, that's what we have to go on. >> we had somebody who told us yesterday that maybe they could move 25, 50 basis points. it's not the extended period but they're focusing on the incredibly low rates. either one of you guys quily think that's the case? >> the focus is on the extraordinary program
tonight. thank you. the federal reserve chairman ben bernanke laid out the blueprint for the fed's plan to recoup all the money it loaned out in the great recession and in turn winding down the stimulus program. bernanke issued a statement saying the fed will try to raise the interest rate it pays banks to keep money in the u.s. central bank. analysts say that way banks would be less inclined to put money on risky investments. but they also say that could hurt consumers because those banks would have more incentive to sit on their money and earn interest rather than lend it out to you and me. but, bernanke says the plan will not be implemented until the economy is on a firmer footing. on wall street, the stock market managed to steady itself before the closing bell today. after hearing bernanke's plans concerning the central bank, stocks suffered sharp early losses before reversing course later in the day. the market ended up just about where it started. the dow dropped 20 to close a little bit above the 10,000 mark. the nasdaq down 3. the s&p off 2. while the fed works on the financial
, you have three big concerns. bernanke's confirmation, slowing china growth and obama slapping the banks around in the aftermath of the massachusetts miracle. i think investors have really focused upon those things and have used those skuexcuses to t profit. >> you don't seem to think things are over. we're due for a pullback and maybe the bull market continues? >> you look at fourth quarter earnings right now and i guess we're about halfway through the season. two-thirds of the company have beaten on revenues. you have consensus earnings for s&p that have now moved up to $76 a share. that puts multiple of a 14 times forward earnings. you have core inflation below 2% year over year. 3.6% treasury yield. multiples are too low. you'll see more corporate earnings improvements and stocks will go higher. >> massachusetts miracle? massachusetts disaster maybe. massachusetts tragedy maybe. >> depends on your point of view. >> i guess it does. i want to get that other side in. >> why are you looking at me? phil is the guest. >> i'm sorry. >> jay, what do you think of that scenario? thi
. >> right. there's nothing they've got on ç you. >> not anymore. >> ben bernanke who oversaw the collapse of not just the united states but the entire world financial system and brought our economy to its knees has been reappointed as head of the fed. >> right. >> does this give you hope for being re-elected governor of new york? because may i remind you, he screwed everybody. >> i just became a fan of ben bernanke. >> i love colbert. spitzer is doing it right. he quit. gave up the governorship and showing the humility, well-earned humility this country is willing to accept. sarah who? watch senator scott brown dance away from sarah palin saying he never spoke to her. >> do you think that sarah palin is presidential material? >> well, sure. she has been a mayor and a governor and has a lot of national following. the more people in a presidential race the better. she never contacted us and vice versa. >> really? she has never contacted you? how do you figure this statement from palin's camp. governor palin spoke with a very happy senator-elect brown this evening and congratulated him. hmm.
to find someone except in some secondary posts who are true agents of change. tavis: is ben bernanke the man to run the fed? >> i don't think so. you need to clean house broadly. you need to take a reexaminatio of what's happening and really, i think, for another reason and poorpersonperson, these are pp well-meaning people. you need to clean house. you need to start again. what happens is it's like pz anything. if you start cooking something  and you're halfway through the  recipe and you realize that you forgot to put butter in the batter in the beginning and you keep going, it won't work. you have to start again. one little ingredient can spoil the whole thing. tavis: given the chorus is growing louder and louder every day that the money people are the wrong people, i'm sure they're fine people, but given the chorus is growing louder and louder, it's almost to the point of being deafening now, many people think these are the wrong people, how long do you project or think it will be before the president gets the fact that somebody, bernanke, geithner, summers, someone has
the greatest effect, good or barksd on the american economy out of the key u.s. financial leaders, ben bernanke, tim geithner and larry summers. the great majority of your votes were not surprisingly for ben bernanke. some says he was brilliant and deserving of a medal of honor. others like josh of new york thought bernanke's actions were detrimental by bringing interest rates down to near zero he has set the stage for roaring inflation. one member said it wasn't any member of them that deserves credit, it was, quote, the hard working people who pay full taxes. this week i want to know on a scale of one to ten how likely you think it is that we will see a resolution of the palestini palestinian-israeli conflict in the next ten years. let me know what you think. please don't forget to include your name and where you live. we like to know who is watching and give credit where it's due. as always, i would like to recommend a book. it's called "come back america: turning the country around and restoring fiscal responsibility." it's about what everybody was talking about in davos last week and washi
, on the american economy out of the troyka of key u.s. financial leaders, ben bernanke, timothy geithner, and larry summers. the great majority of your votes were not surprisingly for ben bernanke. some saying he was brilliant and deserving of a medal of honor. others like josh sitterowitz of new york thought bernanke's actions were detrimental. "by bringing interest rates down to near zero, he has set the stage for roaring inflation." and one member said it wasn't member of that troyka who deserve credit for saving the american economy, it was the people who pay taxes. this week, i want to know how likely it is that we'll see a resolution of the israe israeli/palestinian conflict in the text ten years. don't forget to give your name and where you live. also, as always, i would like to recommend a book. it's called "come back, america." turning the country around and restoring fiscal responsibility. it's about what everybody was talking about in davos last week and in washington this week. america's crushing governmental debt. president obama's new budget forecasts an astounding $1.6 trillion defic
was sworn in for his second term as head of the federal reserve ben bernanke said he is worried about the pace of our economic recovery. he told his staff today the economy is growing but there's still too little bank credit, too many foreclosures and too many people unemployed. meantime treasury secretary tim geithner says congress can claw back what he is calling an outageus new amount of bonuses for aig employees. they are all set to pay out bonuses despite being bailed out by the federal government last year. tim geithner says the government can recoup the money by instituting the new bank fee that president obama called for in his 2011 budget. but aig says those bonuses were negotiated before the company asked for the bailout. what do you think about that? is it an outrageous failure of policy or do the aig employees deserve the bonuses, after all they were promised them. send your e-mails to me. >>> winning the seat of senator ted kennedy. an attorney wants brown to be sworn in tomorrow. once he is sworn in, brown will end the democrats majority in the u.s. senate. but president
've got chairman bernanke before the committee i serve on up here. so i may be listening to the chairman bernanke but i'll tune in. >> greta: maybe tivo. thank you senator. tonight's run-down is jam-packed. in two minutes a congressman who called the summit a sham-wow infomercial. what does that mean? he's going to tell you. >> we never thought we would be saying this, but rush limbaugh got spanked live on his radio show. it is who spanked rush that will stun you maybe the most. it is weird. we have that tape coming up, back in two. for every investor. fidelity introduces one new low price. $7.95 for every online equity trade. you want more? now trade ishares etfs online for free. 25 leading choices. all commission-free. $7.95 trades and commission-free etfs. expect more and get it. only with fidelity. open an account today at fidelity.com. please carefully consider the etfs' investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing. contact fidelity for a prospectus containing this information. read it carefully. ♪ could open a ♪ whworld of wonder? ♪op... ♪ so sensory
news from ben bernanke, who gave testimony to nobody because of the snow. testimony which said he isn't going to tighten until the economy gets better, bizarrely. those comments initially send the market down hard. it made me think, what does the market say, what is wall street saying to him. they wanted to say, i'm going to plug the market with money even if things get good. would they have preferred them to tell us all is well, and i'm tightening right now? thankfully bernanke continues to do the right thing. i'm calling him the grown-up in chief. finally, i think we're going to see a real stimulus package coming out of congress. a bipartisan effort that will produce real jobs that use real equipment and fix real infrastructure. are you listening my friend? that's big news. it signals that the administration may be able to walk, chew gum and botch health care reform all at the same time. the bottom line, we slip through obama and china today. maybe this is the beginning of something big that will permanently sideline our two least favorite sea monsters. or maybe it's just a breather
report. so, who is the president's boss? ben bernanke. ben bernanke. all of our decisions are being made looking through the lens of these people. next, progressive taxes. millions. bringing down hollywood. next. >> glenn: so, yesterday, i was driving to jay leno's car garage. i'll tell you about that on the radio. but, i look up and they are covering the sign of hollywood. these are just we love the little animals. we just want to save the -- look at the mountain. so what they're doing is covering this iconic sign, that they fought so hard to make sure that sign is there. little do they know they don't want in a recession, they don't want any of the houses built on top of the peak. they want to keep pristine like it's always been intended. it's an icon of hollywood. can i show you an old picture? ? this is from 1923 or 1926. put this up. i love this picture. this says hollywoodland. why did it say that? that was originally a giant billboard advertising homes to be built on the peak. behold the irony. we have the publisher of bighollywood.com and biggovernment.com. how are you? >> very w
was widely expected. ben bernanke came out last week saying a hike was coming, but many economists thought that the fed would at least wait until the next policy meeting next month. and in its statement, the fed says that the economic outlook does remain the same, reiterating that the benchmark rate will sustain for a period and that was echoed by the atlanta fed president, st. louis fed president and fed funds futures are pricing in a 25% chance of a rate hike by the end of the year. checking shares of u.s. bank in frankfurt, down across the board with citi lower, 1.4%. morgan stanley down 2.7%. ross. >> yeah. meanwhile, nicole, european stock markets ahead of the u.s. open, they've short of taken it mostly in their stride. we've had a sunny bit of green on the board this morning. we've dipped down slightly, off about .25% for the ftse 100. a little more for the german and french markets. smi, as we heard earlier, really good numbers from nestle, talking about growth in asia, so doing all the sort of things that james bev aan next to me likes. and the dollar has come off the highs on the
economic appointees, brank bren bernan bernanke, who was the chairman of economic advisers under bush, and henry paulson, a very decent guy, came to us, the democratic and republican leadership and said, we need to do this bill. otherwise you go back a step. on the tuesday of that week, mr. bernanke and mr. paulson came to us and informed us, didn't ask us, that they had decided to provide money to aig. that was a bush administration unilateral decision. they then came back two days later and said, would you vote on $700 billion? we said, well, here's what we'll do. because you've announced that the world will collapse if we don't do it. and i think they were right that there was terrible trouble. but when the two top presidential appointees come to tell you, if you don't do this publicly, there'll be a collapse, then there'll be a collapse, because confidence is so important. so we were the ones who insisted on putting some pay controls on there. you're going to have ken feinberg on later. we also said, no, you can't do the $700 billion all at once, you've got to do it in sections. i
in place. we had hank, ben bernanke tim geithner and sheila bair the head of the fdic. i know a lot of people in finance and a lot of people in business and government. and i can't think of for that would have done a better job of getting us through that. now it's kind of fashionable to look back and pick at one aspect or another of what was happening and our country's financial system froze up during that period. some of you in this room were at a party i was at in september of 2008, one to talk was the money market funds saved. if we have 3.5 trillion fun missile by 30 million people who on is and they might are worrying about whether they can get their money that was half of all the process held by u.s. banks at the time you have a panic. you had commercial paper frees up entirely in the biggest companies of the united states and some are described in this book that worried whether they were going to meet their payroll and a short period of time to read the sixth largest bank in the country in terms of the domestic deposits, washington mutual failed over a weekend. you had the th
. people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke gave us the largest downturn since the great depression. that is why we have a huge budget deficit. we didn't have a huge tax cuts. we had stimulus and response to the downturn. we have higher unemployment if we have not had that but let's be clear if we are upset about the deficit greenspan and bernanke, i don't know why we reappointed bernanke. in terms of the entitlement programs, yeah we have a public pension program, which is hugely popular. you look at polling day that-- i was at a conference this morning in social security is over 90%. they ask people would you be willing to pay higher taxes to sustain sosa security benefits and 70 to 80% said yes. i don't see any problem with running a pension program through the public sector. what is the problem with the? it is usually popular. health care costs, medicare again. we are providing medicare health care benefits for seniors. that is also hugely popular. you have these tea party people out there yelling don't let the government touch medicare. they are anti-government but they want me
efforts by raising interest rates. chairman ben bernanke outlined the effort in written testimony for a congressional committee. bernanke said the economy still needs an easy money policy for now, but he added: "at some point the federal reserve will need to tighten financial conditions." the talk of higher rates kept wall street at bay. the dow jones industrial average lost 20 points to close at 10,038. the nasdaq fell three points to close below 2,148. thousands of workers in greece staged a national strike today, protesting a government plan to freeze salaries and cut bonuses. the 24-hour strike closed schools, and brought air travel to a halt. we have a report from john sparks of independent television news. >> reporter: it's easy to say, the 24-hour strike closed greece filed a test case for other indebted states. its huge socialist government plans been cuts. for many here on the streets of athens today it is not acceptable. "the capitalist government has declared war on the working classes. we will respond with war-like measures," said this mp. the government wants to raise
that dr. bernanke, if he has two patients, the one with a positive attitude does better. >> i agree with dr. bernanke, but stress does cause your arteries to con strict, it ka cause the arteries to build up faster, it can cause blood clots to form that causes a heart attack, that's the bad news. but stress is not simply something you do, more importantly it's how you react to what you do. if you practice some simple stress management techniques, you can be in the same job, you can go to haiti, and not have it affect it. you can accomplish even more without getting so stressed and without getting sick in the process. >> larry: sanjay, do you understand why the president is so passionate about haiti? >> he's had an affinity for this place for a long time, larry. i interviewed him when he was down here and talked about haiti with him a few times in the past. he had his honeymoon here, as i know you've talked about, larry, so he's been thinking about haiti for a long time. i think he has a strong affinity not only to haiti but to the haitian people living in haiti and the united states,
, what do you think? >> so far, to date, henry paulson and bernanke have done more to destroy wealth in america than any democrat. but obama is hell bent to replace them in the record book with this new budget. between obama care and cap and trade, that would clearly wipe out all previous attempts. yesterday's jobs bill was a big attempt to put more of this kind of lard back into the economy. it's about half earmarks. thank god for harry reid for throwing that stuff away. >> holy cow! mr. republican saying thank god for harry reid. this is a news alert. neil? >> saying who is at fault, the democrats or republicans is like taking a couple of people who are married to different people, go to a hotel room to do unnatural things and saying one is more at fault than the other. the fact is -- they're both at fault here. that's the problem. >> you hang out with neil. >> we know what the democrats are about. the democrats are about all this spending. the republicans claim that they're not. you have guys like joe wilson, representative who tells obama, you lie, and then goes and takes stimulu
assurances by the federal bank. ben bernanke offered an up beat report on the nation's recovery yesterday. he told congress interest rates will remain low to encourage borrow ing. the dow rose 91 points after dropping more than 100 the day before. >> we have no idea which way the economy is going. bernanke has no idea which way the economy is going. >>> officials in florida are collecting eyewitness accounts in yesterday's deadly attack at seaworld, orlando, where an experienced trainer was killed by a 12,000-pound whale. the 40-year-old victim was snatched from the platform as the audience looked on in horror. witnesses say the killer whale thrashed her back and forth and dragged her under water. it's the third time this killer whale has been involved in a human death. >> the third time. a killer whale kills three times. the officials say they're not going to put the whale down wha killer whales do. >>> time to go to willie geist looking at what's going on in vancouver. willie? >> reporter: that's a terrible story, mika. let's move on to the olympics here. the hockey was the big story yester
. the fed was very clear about that in its statement. ben bernanke was very clear about that. we have to take them at their word. banks are still nursing a lot of wounds. >> they can say that all they want but the truth is rates are going to go up. for most americans that is the most important rate. >> well, so, they're not expecting a big increase in mortgage rates actually. when they stop buying mortgages in march. and to the extent that mortgage rates do go up, you know, think if anything it gives them less of an inclination to raise the fed fund rate further down the road. if you ask me, the odds of a feds fund rate increase later this year have actually gotten down in the last 24 hours and gone up because the number was soft. the soft cpi number means the dove have a strengther hand. they're saying we've got to keep rates low for a long time. the feds said this technical discount rate did not change the broader view of where the financial system and the economy are. >> can you explain why, then, they did this in an emergency way? they have this meeting where they make this decisi
. and with dr. bernanke scheduled to speak tomorrow, our sense is that that trade will be relatively quiet here. a high volume area last week was around 1064 even. we'll probably bing bong back and forth on that trade waiting for dr. bernanke or for further developments in europe. >> what's your view, jamie, about today's trade and whether you believe in the bounce we are likely to get, at least at the open? >> well, i think the most encouraging part is that this rally is coming from european financials. you can see all those works up markedly on yesterday's trade. domestically, local ibs have been overwhelmed by this european crisis. unemployment was a great number on friday. it exceeded expectations. earnings continue to be strong. we seem to have been weighed down by euro. if that turn around and those financials continue to hold these gains, it could be very good things domestically. >> jamie, most of the guys you trade with trade according to technical analysis charts and yada yada. let me run this by you. the day before yesterday, which was a monday, right? yeah. did monday look like a sh
. musberger. >> that's where the sum is mitt will be taking place. for the second time today ben bernanke will come face to face with lawmakers who want his exit strategy from the drastic measures the fed took to keep the economy going. >> steve, what can you tell us about not annual what the fed chair said, but did he give a hint on where interest rates are headed? >> he did. he said what are considered on wall street, chuck, the magic words that the fed will remain exceptionally low for an extended period. that phrase has guided wall street's forecast for where the fed will be. it basically means the fed will not change policy for six months. you sat there, read the testimony. as soon as he said those words you knew they were safe. so the idea is the fed leading up to this had done some mechanical things that some in the market mistook for the beginning of tightening, but they were just what the fed called normalization. so the fed chairman needed to say that and he said it. what i think is because banking and regulatory reform is alive in the senate, if not the house -- remember, they
uptick in global trade activity. fed chairman ben bernanke beginning to lay out a strategy for weaning the economy off the stimulus plan. the time for such steps has not yet arrived. a surprise dip in mortgage applications as rates on 30-year loans fell to their lowest since debs and wall street looking at a bailout for debt burdenened greece. now back to "hardball." >>> welcome back to "hardball." the headline in the "washington post"/abc poll. good news for republicans. bad news for the democrats. it reads on major issues republicans gain ground on president obama. what do both parties make about the shifting ground? steve mcmahon a democratic strategist, todd harris a republican strategist. if you are a democrat these are big, bad numbers. in february of this year, the democrats were trusted by 56% of the people. which party do you trust to do the better job coping the the main challenges. the white side is a year ago. the democrats were big on the trust issue, unemployment, health care, foreign policy. look at the numbers 43 to 37. the democrats only a little bit ahead. six points
an international from the goldman sachs was number one you need 100 calls to federal chair ben bernanke but then the next highest number of calls and that burger you need 103 -- to emineth named dan jester -- thank you, mr. chairman. may i ask what firm that he worked for -- >> he worked for goldman sachs. >> i will have additional questions with regard to you phoned and we will place that in the record. >> can i just say one thing in response to this? it's very important, congress and you were suggesting the people involved in this were not acting in the public interest and you were suggesting they were working for the private interest now the public interest and that is not true and i believe none of those individuals would be part of a decision like that and i think these people were people of enormous integrity and experience operating under exceptional circumstances with no precedent doing the best they could for what was in the public interest -- >> i must move, i must move. the gentleman from florida secretary geithner, win did aig if you could give the date when did aig call and
. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke says the fed will likely begin tightening credit by raising the interest rate it pays to banks on money they have deposited at the central bank. that would lead to higher interest rates for consumers and businesses eventually. wall street did not like that news. the dow lost 20.26. the s&p 500 gave back 2.3. and the nasdaq dropped 3 points. there are calls for the head of the president's top counter terrorism advisor in the wake of the christmas day bombing plot. we will get some thoughts on all of the back and forth from the fox all stars after the break. all across america there are health mart towns, with health mart pharmacies that are locally owned, with pharmacists who are part of their communities. providing a unique combination of clinical expertise and personal attention. no wonder health mart has been ranked highest in customer satisfaction by jd power and associates. see if you live in a health mart town at healthmart.com we created our college of business and management... after collaborating with business leaders. we wanted our cu
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